1 Samuel Chapter 3

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1 Samuel 3

1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;

4 That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

6 And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.

7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.

8 And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.

9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

11 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.

13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision.

16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I.

17 And he said, What is the thing that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee.

18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

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46 thoughts on “1 Samuel Chapter 3

  1. This chapter is captioned “Speak, God. I’m Ready to Listen” in the MSG version. We see how Samuel responded to the call to whom he thought was calling for he knew not the Lord as verse 7 AMP explains “Now Samuel did not yet know [or personally experience] the Lord, and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed [directly] to him.” We have to come to know the voice of our master for ourselves and be obedient as Samuel was.

  2. 4. Suddenly the LORD called out, “Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?”

    5. He got up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” “I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go back to bed.” So he did. NLT

    To Samuel, the voice of God sounded like the voice of Eli. We should also allow the man God has placed over us to be His voice to us. Samuel went to Eli, who then released Samuel to receive God’s plans directly.

  3. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.

    Do we ask the Lord….” Speak for I am your servant.” Or do we just talk and never listen to the Lord??? God needs us to listen to Him so we can have the direction and instruction on what do to do for His kingdom that we are growing. The revelation that the Lord will speak to us is better than anything we can think of. Let’s be sensitive to His voice and watch the supernatural take place. I can’t do nothing without you Jesus!!! You are my everything Lord!!!!I trust in you Lore

  4. iLove to Grow in the Word

    The Dangers of Not Correcting our Children
    12 I am going to carry out all my threats against Eli and his family, from beginning to end. 13I have warned him that judgment is coming upon his family forever, because his sons are blaspheming God and he hasn’t disciplined them.

    The Lord told Samuel that all the threats and warnings toward Eli and his family would be brought upon his head. The dangers of not correcting our children are very evident and therefore requires us as parents to become responsible. It not only affects our family, but affects our entire church community.

  5. Disrespecting the House of God

    13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.

    We were all first time church attenders at one point in our lives. Whether we were born in the church and grew up on the pew or we were adolescent who came as a youth or an adult; we all learned or must learn to respect the Gods house. This is not in response to our new building because it is crisp and clean rather because I have noticed a trend over the past year or so of a growing lack of respect for the things of God. For example, this weekend I noticed a visitor drinking a Dr. Pepper sitting on the pew during song service, people stepping over trash laying in the parking lot and youth bumping into elderly people who “were in their way”.

    Where and why have we gotten so off course to disrespect the House of God and His people?

    I believe it is going to take more than leading by example. Today’s society does not respond to examples or we would not be in the mess we are in. I believe society is following a sense of entitlement. It did not happen yesterday but has been growing for years. Obama budget used the “e-word” three times while the Republican budget used it 11 times. As with most things in life, it starts at the top.

    So, we as the leaders of POFW must change our approach to introducing respect to the House of God and His things and people. If we see someone walking past a piece of trash; instead of picking it up ourselves, let’s respond with: “Come with me and help me keep the House of God clean”. If we notice a visitor eating/drinking in the Sanctuary, let’s respond with: “Excuse me; we have an area right out here where you can enjoy and finish your drink”. Finally, if we observe children moving too fast through the building or weaving through the crowd, let’s respond with a gentle but firm hand and focus their attention on the person they just assaulted and lead them in repentance to the assailed individual and instruct them at the point of wrongdoing to help highlight the infraction.

    Leading by example is not working. We must adapt our strategies in dealing with people to what people are responding too.

  6. 10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

  7. “And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.”
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭3:6-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Can you imagine being a young child. Off to sleep trying to sleep. And you hear your name. Somebody’s calling you not one but 3 times you get up to talk to the person you think called you. Just for them to say it wasn’t them. Confused you lay your head down again. Then you hear your name again. “Hey God this your servant I’m here… I’m listening”

    Samuel haven’t even experience the power of God. Didn’t even understand the ways of the Lord. But the Lord called him. And he answered.
    When the Lord calls you never be troubled but simply obey and answer.

    One time when I was young at around six years old. I thought I heard my mother call me… It wasn’t my mother. It was God and it took me 4 times of him waking me up to understand that it was him.

  8. GROW IN THE LORD

    19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

    Hearing, Receiving and Protecting the WORD from the LORD, should be the TOP priority of every believer. GOD has made precious promises to us. We have an adversary that is determined to detour, deceive and disqualify us from those promises. Satan uses false accusation, misunderstanding and disagreements to accomplish his task of separating the believer from the promises of GOD.

    We must guard the call and promises of GOD. We must protect the prophesies delivered to us from the WORD of GOD. Samuel GREW by prayerfully protecting the words of the LORD.

    We are positioned to GROW IN THE LORD as we implement the same approach to GOD. Lets GROW in GOD.

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  9. 10 And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.” (NLT)

    What an AWEsome experience. Samuel even from a very young age was taught to have a servants heart, to obey and submit. And to think it all started with a mother’s prayer.

  10. 10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant hearth.

    Recognizing the voice of the Lord is so important in our lives. If we cannot distinguish His voice, we must remove some of the clutter from our lives so that we can nearly clearly.

  11. The Responsibility of a Parent

    13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

    It seems clear enough that we need to restrained our children from doing evil.

    Restrain ::: prevent (someone or something) from doing something; keep under control or within limits.

  12. 19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

    20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

    21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

  13. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.

    13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

    God is very good to us and He will correct us if we go against His word. This I have felt firsthand. Eli did nothing to correct the actions of his sons and paid the ultimate price in accepting the fact that God was going to deal with his house. Do I want God to deal with my house; no I want God to dwell in my house. He is a jealous God and will correct His children. Just let God lead and guide your every footstep…….Thank you Jesus…..Amen!!!

  14. 19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

    20 And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

    Samuel started young in the kingdom of God serving God and the man of God. Over the course of years he grew up to be God’s prophet and fulfill God’s words and visions for several years. Young people need to start serving God and the man of God now so that God can raise them up as he did Samuel and use them in a mighty way. You’re not too young to be used of God the decision is yours!

  15. 1 Samuel 3:1

    And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

    1 Samuel 3:7
    Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.

    Samuel did not yet know the Lord. He didn’t have a relationship with him yet, because there was no open vision. But Samuel ministered to God before Eli, he worked for God without knowing him yet. Samuel was in position to meet God by being there and ministering to Him. We bring our kids to church and teach them while they are young how we minister to God, we don’t wait until they have developed that relationship. We begin to teach them so when they are ready for a relationship they are in position, they already know what to do. They have watched us do it and have gone through the motions/routine themselves. It will come more naturally than waiting and then teaching them a whole new way of doing things.

  16. 0 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
    Samuel had a relationship with God at a young age, if is so important to develop a relationship with God at a early age. I’m so bless to to be raising our children in church teaching them the things of God.
    Prov 22:6

  17. 10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

    It’s easy to get distracted with all the voices around us and forget which one we need to listen to, but if we spend time daily in His word and in prayer we will learn the distinction between the voice of the world and the voice of God! Lord help me to be sensitive to Your voice, and in all things listen to your will for my life!

  18. 8 So the LORD called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?”

    As a teenager, Samuel obeyed his authority. It seems today, that children get angry/upset if there parents, teachers or elders call on them one time, they mumble under their breath saying “now what, not again”. If only the kids of this generation would jump and go see what their parents, teachers, and elders want, with a servant & humble attitude, how much better society would be.

  19. 10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

    11 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.

    12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.

  20. 1 Samuel 3:1a & 19-20 (NLT)
    1a) Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the LORD by assisting Eli….
    19) As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable.
    20) And all Israel, from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south, knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD.

    The first few words of this chapter made me think of the children who like to assist me in delivering Sunday School snacks to the different classes. I have told them many times that “they are serving the LORD.” It’s important for them to know, as chikdren, that God can use them to help serve.
    I also believe that as they grow and keep this “servant heart,” God is going to use them mightily when they get older for His kingdom.

    God Bless Our Children!

  21. I Samuel 3:19-21 (The Message)
    Samuel grew up. God was with him, and Samuel’s prophetic record was flawless. Everyone in Israel, from Dan in north to to Beersheba in the south, recognized that Samuel was the real thing-a true prophet of God. God continued to show up at Shiloh, revealed through his word to Samuel at Shiloh.

  22. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
    Many of us are blind in the spirit. We allow our flesh to operate and allow the things not of God to he our attention. If we could tap out of the normal and into the right connection which is seeking the face of God we would grow our passion fire and prayer life as well as our ability to believe in the impossible things

  23. “And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.” The word of God (Jesus) said all knew. The word of God (Judge) does not state that Samuel had too continually tell all, whom he was. Dear God, help us (me) with humility, as all is because of you. May God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  24. “And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.” Although he lived in and served the house of the Lord, he was still unsure of the voice. There are voices that may be heard; however discerning the correct voice will require a personal relationship with the Lord. God help us too clearly hear your voice, in Jesus name.

  25. 1 Samuel 3:18 (KJV Strong’s)
    18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

    Why didn’t Eli repent?

    Eli served God in the temple. He was the high priest. His position was ordained of God. He experienced the holiest things of God every day yet he didn’t know God.

    What a tragedy to serve the Lord and not know him, not walk with him, and not understand him.

    If Eli truly knew the Lord he would know that the Lord would have mercy and not sacrifice. He would know that God is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is long suffering to upward not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

    Eli didn’t repent because he didn’t know the Lord. Don’t just serve him. Get to know him.

  26. 19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

    As we grow in the Lord and become spirituall mature we learn to really appreciate, savor and love more intensely the Word of God. May we grow in love for His Word in Jesus name

  27. We must do even as Samuel did. We must hold on to every word of God. It is important that we do not let what the Lord has said slip away. It is up to the children of God to make sure God’s Word lives on from generation to generation.

  28. 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;

    3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;

    It seems Eli was exhausted and Samuel was tired as well. Yet, God desired to speak. When God desires to speak regardless of our natural or emotional preparedness it is our duty to be ready at His call. Keeping ourselves spiritually ready will triumph over our lack of sleep and emotional preparedness for He will strengthen us in our weakness. We just have to lean on Him and not our own selves and emotions.

  29. “And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.(‭1 Samuel‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

    What a great deal of guilt and corruption is there in us, concerning which we may say, It is the iniquity which our own heart knoweth; we are conscious to ourselves of it! Those who do not restrain the sins of others, when it is in their power to do it, make themselves partakers of the guilt, and will be charged as joining in it.

  30. 1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

    In a day where many claim to be prophets and men of God, and in a day where lying prophesies go forth and “ministries” make money off falsehoods, and “visions” are to be had with every televangelist and author in the Christian book section, and every street corner seems to have a “church” from the endless list of denominations, and you can “get a word” from a minister of any flavor of Christianity you desire, and you can dice and slice the Bible a million different ways until it says what you want… Do we still value the Logos and Rhema Word of God?

    In a world and age of connectivity, do we have so much access to the Word (whether true or perverted or lies masquerading as truth) that instead we have become disconnected? Is the Word precious to us, or is it just noise? Is it the infallible Word of God, or is it just another fortune teller by any other name to us? The plumb line for our lives, or just another voice of wisdom collecting dust on our bookshelves?

    We should not wait for famine to have hunger, and we should not wait for poverty to place value on our source.

  31. As a young boy Samuel hears the voice of God calling him. During these days the word of the Lord is so rare (vs 1) because their were not many visions. Without vision the people perish. After Samuel runs to Eli three times, Eli helps Samuel understand God is speaking. We can listen and follow the Lord when we seek to do what the Lord desires and not what we desire (Mat 6:33) and when we know Gods Word and realize anything opposite of it cannot be in his will (Ps 119:11). We live each day not in ourselves but Jesus Christ (John 15:5) and we depend on the Lord’s strength, not our own, to complete the task he asks of us. (2Co 12:9). I could not imagine a period of time were Gods vision was not being cast upon us and His will being ignored by a man of God to the point he speaks to a young boy. The only person close enough to the priest Eli would would listen. God can use anyone even a you boy named Samuel, we can hear the calling of God if we are connected, obedient and focused on him.

  32. 19 And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

    In the process of God fulfilling His purpose through us, He will never let us go or forsake us.

  33. 1 Samuel 3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

    Death of the PK!

    The command given to instruct our children, to teach, to train, and other commands specifically for our children. This is why we have the tragedy of fallen PK’s in the church, we have children being raised in churches in pastor and minister and evangelist homes, some even doing and learning ministry duties but do not know who God is. Our children can be raised in the right place but miss out in having a relationship with God. Eli had lost is anointing, he was the equivalent to today’s charismatic preachers, Christless Christians! They talk a lot but say nothing!

    We must not ignore this, our children need to know who God is and the power of His resurrection!

  34. 21 And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

    The Lord appeared to Samuel regarding Eli. He was preparing him for what was about to happen.
    Eli had to prepare for what was about to happen. Thank you Lord for leading us when we get off track.

  35. Talk about being content with the word of the Lord. I can’t help but think, “What if Eli repented at that moment?” Could it have changed everything??

  36. 20. And all Is’-ra-el from Dan even to Be’-er-she’-ba knew that Sam’-u-el was established to be a prophet of the LORD. 21. And the LORD appeared again in Shi’-loh: for the LORD revealed himself to Sam’-u-el in Shi’-loh by the word of the LORD. I thank you LORD for everything !!!!

  37. “Then the LORD said to Samuel, “I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel. I am going to carry out all my threats against Eli and his family, from beginning to end. I have warned him that judgment is coming upon his family forever, because his sons are blaspheming God and he hasn’t disciplined them. So I have vowed that the sins of Eli and his sons will never be forgiven by sacrifices or offerings.””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭3:11-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    What a sad situation to find yourself in. But even with the devastating report Eli excepted God’s word. 

    “So Samuel told Eli everything; he didn’t hold anything back. “It is the LORD’s will,” Eli replied. “Let him do what he thinks best.””
    ‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  38. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

    As we listened to this chapter, this stuck out, and reminded me of a teaching that we just had about growing up, and taking responsibility for our mistakes.

  39. 4 That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.

    5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

    Hearing the voice of God is important in our walk with God and can be difficult for Christians sometimes. But I think here, the phrase “practice makes perfect” is the best way to know when God is talking to God. The more you pray and the more you talk to God, the more he will talk to you and the more you will hear his voice.

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